Brought up in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, Emily's first taste of clay was during her pre-BA Foundation Course at Batley School of Art and Design. Inspired by this medium she went on to study a BA Honours degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff, graduating in 2007.
Since graduating Emily has concentrated on setting up her studio in York and continuing to develop her career in ceramics. Specialising in hand building techniques she exhibits her work in art and design shows around the UK.
Emily is one third of The Art Market team, working alongside sculptor Brendan Hesmondhalgh and designer/maker Victoria Robinson, to deliver The Art Market. Their aim is to showcase original art, design and contemporary craft for sale and commission in The North.
Emily also runs art workshops for schools and various community groups.
Emily has always been fascinated by the juxtaposition of contrasting elements within her work. Placing different elements side by side such as glazed/unglazed, patterned/unpatterned, leaving it to the viewer to establish connections and impose a meaning. The artists is constantly sketching, drawing and collaging to experiment with line, colour texture and mark making, translating this process into clay and developing the relationship between simple vessel forms and complex surface decoration.